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  • Brewers Minor League Link Report (6/22): Sounds' Pannone Ks 10, Eric Brown Returns, but We Await Frelick Injury Update

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    Thomas Pannone silenced the opposition and Keston Hiura homered to lead the Sounds, but the night was a downer after Sal Frelick exited early on a foul ball to his knee. Wisconsin and ACL Brewers lost close games, while the DSL squads swept the Guardians.

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    As Biloxi and Carolina were rained out, the organization was a combined 3-and-3 on a busy Thursday, with Nashville splitting its home doubleheader.


    Game Action:

    Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes
    Game One Final: Nashville 7, Norfolk 1 (in 7 innings)
    Box Score / Game Log

    Game Two Final: Norfolk 3, Nashville 0 (in 7 innings)
    Box Score / Game Log

    Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review the affiliate write-up as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds, Tides Battle to Doubleheader Split

    The evening in Nashville started well, with LHP Thomas Pannone (6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 10 Ks) striking out the first two hitters and left fielder Keston Hiura (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs) homering in his first at-bat in AAA ball since May 12. 


    From there, Pannone didn’t need any more assistance, exiting at 98 pitches, one out shy of a complete-game (7-inning) victory. 


    Unfortunately, the night cap was another matter entirely, with LHP Ethan Small (2 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 3 H, 2 BB, 0 Ks) making a spot start, the team falling behind 3-0 by the 3rd inning and the Sounds’ offense having only one hitter reach base over the final four innings.

    Sounds’ Extras:

    • We’re anxiously awaiting word on the health of right fielder Sal Frelick, who exited in pain mid-at-bat in the 5th inning of the second game after fouling a ball off his knee. Let’s pray the absence, if any, is short-term.
    • Let’s hold back before anointing Hiura the Brewers’ offensive savior, as he did strike out in his three subsequent at-bats. Other Sounds players contributing on offense included 3B Mike Brosseau (1-for-2, HR, HBP, 2 RBIs), right fielder Skye Bolt (3-for-4) and SS Brice Turang (2-for-6, 2 doubles, walk, 2 RBIs).
    • RHP Abner Uribe (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks) and LHP Darrell Thompson (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 Ks) completed solid shifts in the second game. Catch the forum discussion on whether they simply needed some time to adjust to the non-tacky balls after being promoted from the Southern League Shuckers.
    • If LHP Eric Lauer (temporary inactive list) or RHP Jason Alexander (struggled in last rehab start in AA) aren’t at Manager Rick Sweet’s disposal by Sunday, he’ll likely have to cobble together a bullpen game to complete the series.

    Friday’s outlook: RHP Janson Junk (4.23 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 5.7 K/9 in 61 2/3 IP) is the scheduled starter, as the Sounds seek a win to even the series 2-2.

    Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes

    Via the Shuckers’ website, rainout details: Shuckers-Lookouts Postponed on Thursday Due to Rain

    The Shuckers and Lookouts will immediately make up for the rainout with a Friday doubleheader, starting at 5:05pm Central Time.

    Friday’s outlook: Expect RHPs Justin Jarvis (3.32 ERA in 65 IP) and Tobias Myers (5.43 ERA in 59 2/3 IP) to lead Biloxi as they aim to double their 2-0 series lead.

    Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes
    Final: Lansing 4, Wisconsin 3
    Box Score / Game Log

    Via the Rattlers’ website, game details: Rattlers End First Half with a Close Loss to Lansing

    We are absolutely spoiled for content when Wisconsin plays at home:

    The Timber Rattlers led 2-0 after one inning and 3-2 by the 4th inning, but weren’t able to muster any offense thereafter, falling behind 2-1 in this week’s home series.

    That said, the 4,649 fans in attendance had to be excited to see 2022 first round pick SS Eric Brown Jr. (0-for-2, 2 walks, SB) back atop the lineup after a thumb injury. The sparkplug walked, stole his 23rd base and scored on a DH/C Darrien Miller (2-for-4, double, 2 RBIs) two-run double in the 1st inning, then walked again in the 2nd inning but was picked off.

    Timber Rattlers’ Extras:

    • It was far from a masterpiece, but the team will be encouraged by RHP Stiven Cruz (5 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 4 BB, 3 Ks) limiting the damage after a rough 8-game stretch.
    • RHP Max Lazar (3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 1 K) took the tough luck loss despite another respectable performance.
    • New Rattlers Pitching Coach Josh Spence (formerly Biloxi’s Bullpen Coach) will be considered a magician if he’s able to quickly straighten out Cruz (7.24 ERA), Cameron Wagoner (7.32 ERA), Michele Vassalotti (6.00 ERA) and newcomer Sam Gardner (7.71 ERA).
    • With 1B Ernesto Martinez (2-for-4, double, RBI) now hitting a bit better, it may be time to get the seventh-year minor leaguer up to Biloxi for his first taste of AA ball.

    Friday’s outlook: 23-year old RHP Tyler Woessner (2.52 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 8.8 K/9 in 60 2/3 IP) is another Rattler who may get a shot in AA ball at some point in the second half of the season, after the Southern League stops using those extra tacky baseballs of course. For now, he’ll try to even the series 2-2 on Friday evening.

    Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes (N/A)

    Via the Mudcats’ website, rainout details: Mudcats & Hillcats Cancelled Thursday

    With the Carolina League season’s first half officially ending on Thursday, this game will not be made up.

    Friday’s outlook: Don’t be surprised if RHPs Alexander Vallecillo and Will Rudy tag-team Friday’s game, looking to cover the entire nine innings, as the Mudcats need a victory to avoid a 3-0 series deficit.

    Arizona Complex League Action

    Final: ACL Athletics 2, ACL Brewers 0
    Box Score / Game Log

    Pitching dominated this game, with the teams combining to strike out 25 hitters while only conceding two doubles, five singles and three walks.

    Unfortunately for the Brewers, four Athletics reached in the top of the 1st inning off of starting RHP Daniel Corniel (4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 Ks), as they grabbed the 2-0 lead which held up over the remainder of the game, dropping the ACL Brewers record to 8-4.

    ACL Brewers’ Extras:

    • RHP Jesus Rivero (3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 6 Ks) and LHP Anfernny Reyes (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks) were both superb. Coincidentally, they both hit the same batter, which I think the numbers clearly suggest was the fault of the opposing player. And numbers don’t lie. :)
    • Rivero has now K’d 19 in just 11 1/3 IP and lowered his season WHIP to 0.97, while Reyes has K’d 10 in 7 2/3 IP, has yet to allow an earned run and dropped his own season WHIP to 0.52.
    • 17-year old SS Juan Baez (3-for-4, double) collected all three hits which the Brewers registered, with his teammates going a combined 0-for-26 with one walk.

    Dominican Summer League Action

    Final: DSL Brewers #2 Squad 14, DSL Guardians Blue 2
    Box Score / Game Log

    Our DSL Dos squad led 3-1 after two innings, 6-1 by the 5th inning and then poured in another eight runs thereafter to improve their record to 7-6. They outhit the Guardians Blue team 14-to-5 and stole five bases while conceding none.

    We’ll have to start asking why the organization has been largely hiding 17-year old, 6’4” right fielder Christopher Vasquez (2-for-4, HR, double, walk, 3 RBIs), who now has 2 HRs, 3 doubles and 5 RBIs in just 12 career at-bats.

    Still looking at the offense, each of left fielder Demetrio Nadal (3-for-4, triple, two doubles, walk, 4 RBIs) and SS Filippo Di Turi (3-for-5, double, walk, 3 RBIs) collected three hits, while combining to knock in seven runs. This was Nadal’s first career game in the outfield after 47 starts at shortstop, third base or second base.

    On the mound, starting RHP Melvin Hernandez (4 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 3 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks) and 18-year old Carlos Maurera (3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) were both impressive in reducing their season ERAs to 1.80 and 1.42, respectively.

    Final: DSL Brewers #1 Squad 7, DSL Guardians Red 4
    Box Score / Game Log

    The DSL Uno game started as a pitching duel, 17-year old fireballer RHP Eric Prado (5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 5 Ks matched the opposition through five scoreless innings.

    The Brewers’ bats didn’t spur into action until they trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the 7th inning, with 1B/C Brayan Oropeza getting them started with a single, before big-time two-out singles from C Yannic Walther (2-for-5, 3 RBIs), OF/1B Argenis Aparicio and DH/OF Brian Sanchez (2-for-3, double, walk, 2 RBIs) put them ahead 5-1.

    Key international signing center fielder Yophery Rodriguez (1-for-3, 2 walks, SB) also reached base three times.

    We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck in Friday’s 8-game MILB slate!

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    You can see the path here. That's a very hard hit foul ball directly to the path of his right knee cap on an inside cutter. Good grief. Let's get a break for once, hey? Just a bruise. Just a big bone bruise.

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    On 6/23/2023 at 1:58 PM, Joseph Zarr said:

    You can see the path here. That's a very hard hit foul ball directly to the path of his right knee cap on an inside cutter. Good grief. Let's get a break for once, hey? Just a bruise. Just a big bone bruise.

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    Scarily similar to Yelich in 2019 … & he’s never been the same since - not even close.

    So glad this is only a bruise!

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